May 2017

Research Newsletter; Language Centre; ROAC; Board Meeting; Language Conference; Accolades for Ryan O'Neill; Sexual Health Workshop; Support Staff Meeting; Influenza Vaccinations; Work Health & Safety

ELFSC Research Newsletter

For all the latest news on research in the centre go to the Research Newsletter

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Language Centre

Stuart Macdonald has been appointed the acting Intermediate Coordinator whilst Jacky Worsdell takes up a role with our partners at Shohoku College in Japan. We wish Jacky all the best during her time abroad, and also look forward to her return later in the year.

In the meantime, we are very pleased that Stuart has stepped forward and accepted the position and are confident that he will play a valuable role as coordinator from now until Jacky’s return, and also make a significant contribution to the renewal of the Intermediate Course, work on which will likely commence in Block 4.

Language Centre teacher Louise Pavey has been invited to present at this year’s University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA) Professional Development festival in Sydney on May 13th. The theme for this year is Leadership, Engagement and Diversity in an Academic context. Louise’s presentation examines some of the problems students have speaking English and how simple rhythm and musical activities can improve performance. Congratulations to Louise on her selection and we wish her all the best at the festival. Also congratulations to Doris Ayala, the Student Experience Co-ordinator at our Sydney Centre, who also had her paper on developing a student student experience program on an international student campus accepted for the PD Fest.

The Language Centre will host two Micro-PD sessions in May. On Thursday 4th at 11am, Tim Baker will present on Text-based discussion activities for Upper-Intermediate and Advanced students. On Tuesday 16th, Stuart Macdonald will discuss Exploiting lectures for integrated study skills lessons.

Marketing Activities

As many of you will be aware there has been a decline in the number of students at both our ELICOS Centres. As a result, there has been a number of marketing activities over the last few months to try to improve the student numbers. Tim Hyde, our Marketing Manager, has visited Korea and Mongolia, and over the next few weeks will participate with other staff from the faculties and UON Global in agents workshops in India, Vietnam and China. The Director has also attended events in Japan and Saudi Arabia.

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Callaghan students who completed Open Foundation, Yapug or Newstep in 2016 were invited to the Callaghan Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC), held on 27 April at the University Great Hall.

Proud family members, partners, friends and staff watched as students were presented with their Certificate by the Chancellor. Our three student speakers were Laura Patterson (Newstep), Bryce Adamson (Yapug) and May Fussell (Open Foundation).  Each spoke of the challenges and rewards in their journey through their respective enabling program.
The ceremony was shared with graduates of NIC and the Faculty of Science.

A selection of photographs from the ceremony is available in the ROAC Gallery.

The ceremony for our Ourimbah students who completed in 2016 will be held on either 6 or 7 July (to be confirmed).

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ELFSC Board Meeting - Highlights

The ELFSC Board met on 20 April.  On this occasion the Board was Chaired by Professor Liz Burd, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic (Learning and Teaching).

The Board is usually Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and meets 3 or 4 times per year and has the following membership: Director, Deputy Director, Head Research Engagement and Development, all Program Convenors (ELICOS and Foundation Studies programs), three representatives of the staff of the Centre, student representatives, and an academic from each of the 5 faculties.

At the April meeting the Board welcomed new student members and received and noted reports from the Director, each of the Program Convenors, UON PREP Coordinator and the Head of Research Engagement and Development.

The Board also discussed and endorsed the Centres’ Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020, which was recently circulated to all staff.

Three new program proposals were also endorsed by the Board: the Diploma in Business; the Diploma in Humanities; and the Diploma in Engineering. The Diploma proposals, developed in consultation with Faculty colleagues, must now work their way through the University committee approval process.  The Diplomas have been developed in anticipation of the possible expansion of the demand driven system beyond bachelor degrees at public Universities. Subject to this change and funding arrangements, the Diplomas are proposed for implementation in semester 1 2018. Further updates will be provided to staff in due course.

Two new enabling courses were also endorsed for offer in 2018.  Although yet to be approved by the relevant University committees, the courses are: EPEDUC101 Foundations in Education: Introduction (Semester 1); and EPEDUC201 Foundations in Education: Contemporary Issues in Schooling (semester 2). These 2 X 10 unit courses have been developed based on the 20 unit EPEDUC301 course.

The unconfirmed minutes of the Board will be circulated to all staff as soon as they are available.

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Language Conference in Germany

Dr Jaime Hunt recently presented a paper titled Lexical hybridization of English and German elements in spoken German at the Fourth Language Contact in Times of Globalization conference at the University in Greifswald, Germany. Also during this trip, Jaime participated in the second annual meeting of the Global Anglicism Database (GLAD) Network and discussed his contribution to the expanding worldwide database. Before returning to Australia, he met with Prof. Heike Wiese and colleagues from the University of Potsdam, Germany, and established a plan for future research collaboration in the field of contact linguistics.

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Accolades for Ryan O’Neill

Congratulations to staff member Ryan O’Neill.  Ryan’s book “Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Writers” has been shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.  The Prize, valued at $40,000, is offered annually by the State Library of NSW for a book of fiction.  It commemorates Christina Ellen Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist and short-story writer.

Amongst the Judges’ comments is this:” Their Brilliant Careers succeeds as a multi-headed portrait of a literary culture equally prone to fits of energy and doubt. Sustained satiric writing is a scarce beast in Australian literature. One that actually makes you laugh is rare. Their Brilliant Careers is assuredly that brilliant animal.”

STOP PRESS: Ryan has also made the long list for the Miles Franklin Award. This award is Australia's oldest and most prestigious award, and showcases the best writing Australia has to offer.

Well done Ryan.

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Sexual Health Workshop - Ourimbah

Jackie Cobbold (Coordinator of Student Support Services) and Amanda Burfitt from NSW Health (Sexual Health promotion officer) visited on the 10th of April to run a Sexual Health workshop for students enrolled into EPHUMA137 Australian Culture and Society. This program was based on the success of a 2016 program for one of the TAFE construction courses.

With research revealing very high rates of young adults testing positive to chlamydia in particular, Jackie and Amanda led an interactive talk about looking after sexual health, contraception, consent and respectful relationships. They also answered questions and clarified myths, as well as offering on-the-spot, free testing for the most common STIs.

The workshop was a success with Ourimbah students who can now use these health practices in a real word context as well as applying some of the theories of sex, gender, families, deviance and youth culture that we learn in class.

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Foundation Studies - Staff Support Group Meeting

The first meeting for 2017 was held on the 7th April.  Some points of interest were Student Retention Strategy where Holly, Jessica and Sharon are reviewing the retention process and how it can be improved with a view to further increasing student retention and participation in their program.

Annette Morante, Learning & Development reported a big increase in student eConsultations going from approx. 9/week to 23/week!  Guidelines for students’ access will be developed in due course.

The new Foundation Studies portal and LibGuides went live in early February.

A new Chairperson was elected and we welcome Holly Dillon to the role for the duration 2017.

If you would like to view the Minutes from the Meeting you can find them via this link MoM 7th April.

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Staff Influenza Vaccinations

If you missed out on an appointment for the flu shot, more appointments will be opened up after the 26th April. Information will be sent out once we have been provided with the availability.

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Work Health and Safety

Emergency Procedure Guidelines - click here

Safety Alert - Faulty and Broken Equipment - click here

Returning possibly damaged electrical equipment and computers to service - click here

Academic Division Health & Safety Newsletter - click here

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